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Griffin Health Nurses Honored with DAISY Award

By Christian Meagher on 9/3/2021

Griffin Health, of Derby, recently honored Caitlyn Gaetani, RN, of Waterbury, and Elise Powell, RN, of Monroe, with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's mission to recognize the extraordinary, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day. Each was nominated by a patient or fellow caregivers for their exemplary care.

Powell was nominated by a patient for her kind and supportive nature.

“Elise is by far the sweetest most caring nurse that I have had the pleasure to have taken care of me, the nomination for Powell stated. “Elise advocated for me when the medications the doctors prescribed weren’t working for me. No matter how stressful her assignment, Elise never let it take away her smile. Her cheerful demeanor actually lessened my anxiety. I truly appreciate her, Elise is a wonderful nurse and anybody would be lucky to have them as their nurse.”

Gaetani was nominated by a fellow Griffin caregiver for her exceptional care and empathy.

“Caitlyn ensures her patients receive the best care that they can, taking into account the entire person and the whole patient experience,” the nomination for Gaetani stated. “She goes above and beyond for all of her patients and never takes the credit for it that she deserves. For example, one of her patients could no longer do anything for herself, and was struggling physically, emotionally and mentally. Caitlyn took the time to acknowledge her concerns, support her and encourage her throughout her stay. One of the ways Caitlyn took into account her emotional and mental health by rolling her in a recliner out to the hospital balcony to get some fresh air, sunshine, and a sense of normalcy and comfort. The things we take advantage of, being of able body and mind, can go easily overlooked when taking care of our patients- but not when Caitlyn is your nurse.”

Information about the DAISY Award is included in Griffin Health patient information packets and nomination forms are available online and at all Griffin Health locations. The award recipients are chosen by a committee at Griffin and the award is presented throughout the year. For more information, visit griffinhealth.org/daisy.

About The DAISY Foundation

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.